- File Size: 1329 KB
- Print Length: 339 pages
- Publication Date: October 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FMY2CWI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While in Saudi, Sheila’s compassion led her to practice counseling secretly with American and Saudi women. This experience inspired her to write East of Mecca, a story about women within the confines of a violent, oppressive, male-dominated society.
Sheila has had success and got recognition for her fiction with awards.
Her life's mission is to enlighten, inspire, and empower others for the greater good. A majority of all profits from sales of East of Mecca will go toward providing funding for women and girls to meet their most profound needs.
I see the author personified in the protagonist Sarah who tells the Saudi story in the first person. The story family moved to Saudi on a 3 year working contract of Max married to Sarah with two children.
The reader encounters the efforts, sacrifices, needs, longings of the expat in the Moslem Kingdom.
There are heart-felt descriptions of the social order, practices, culture and religion examining the legalities and rights of women and girls. Her training and experience in clinical psychology enables her to fill in the clinical picture of loss, longing, suffering as protagonists.
The author has the ability to set an image-rich mood of anxiety, fear and discomfort. She describes the physical scenes of the desert land and sea that conjure up vivid and at times sombre pictures of reality that you can sense the contrasts with all your senses.
The forces to ensure an orderly society and ultimately survival are examined and interwoven into a contemporary novel. In order for a society to function in an orderly fashion, individuals must follow a set of rules to control their social behavior. The objective of these rules is to protect the interest of the whole society and further guarantee its survival. But what is the case in Saudi? What happens behind the closed curtains?
A heart-felt account of life outside one's own roots, in this case, America.
30 June 3018
We might already be living in the modern world, but cultures run deep in many places of the world. East of Mecca is a novel that proves the truth behind this, as the story demonstrates how gender apartheid affects women mentally and emotionally. This is a moving story, one with vivid and far more realistic characters written beautifully so it allowed me to feel every emotion that Sarah had gone through.
The story made me feel something akin to sadness (it's not total sadness but something negative like that) as it made me think of the women who goes through this sort of discrimination in other parts of the world. In this day and age when lots of people can freely express their opinion and being given the platform and the avenue to do so, it's hard to imagine a life being oppresed and being limited to do a number of things.
East of Mecca is a moving tale which I hope could bring some sort of a radical change to people who seem to live their life backwards.
Top international reviews
From the beginning we meet Sarah and her husband Max. Both of them find themselves won over by the idea of glamorous expatriate life in Saudi Arabia. Sarah accepts the fact her husband's career takes precedence over hers as he accepts a great job with Ocmara Oil Company. They pack up their lives and move the family to the Persian Gulf shores. However all that glitters is not gold as Sarah discovers. She finds herself with each day as it passes become more invisible in this male dominated world. She becomes involved in a illicit friendship with a Muslim Saudi Women named Yasmeen, together behind the confined walls they find freedom. Unfortunately that freedom comes with a high price.
This book was such a heartbreaking tale that gave the reader such an insight, it became hard to read at times. It's common knowledge that women have no equal rights in the Middle East societies and this captured the emotions so well it was hard to put down. Every women should read this, it's an incredible read.